Look, I've had people tell me that, oh, the old school games are purer poker. And that may be true from a cash game standpoint - I can see in a deep-stacked enviroment how this would be a ton of fun. But jeez, PL 5-card draw is a NITS game at heart, like most oldschool pokah is.
Yeah, I didn't win the AIPS tourney Wednesday. Pretty long dry spell here...
I'll freely admit, I don't know what I'm talking about - I never play 5CD, but I do play some 2-7 on occasion, so I understand some basic draw game concepts. But apparently, success in tournament 5CD comes down to
1) getting dealt the pat nizzles, like a straight or better
2) hope someone else raises the pot
3) hoping that someone else has a hand like AAxxx in the reraised pot and improves on the draw.
So many times, I'm looking at spots where people should really be trying to get value postdraw, and it goes check/check or check/call. Anyway, I think I made one overly tight fold here, but it was such a nitfest I didn't think I was getting bluff-raised very often here. Yeah, I should probably check behind here like everyone else was, right?
PokerStars Game #51063651069: Tournament #307170033, $5.00+$0.50 USD 5 Card Draw Pot Limit - Level III (25/50) - 2010/10/13 21:27:38 ET
Table '307170033 7' 6-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: aun2112 (1345 in chips)
Seat 2: heffmike (1645 in chips)
Seat 4: PottyTrainMe (995 in chips)
Seat 5: OddsmanJTo (2650 in chips)
Seat 6: Bruckner_7th (1155 in chips)
PottyTrainMe: posts small blind 25
OddsmanJTo: posts big blind 50
*** DEALING HANDS ***
Dealt to heffmike [2d Ts Ah Ad Qs]
Bruckner_7th: calls 50
heffmike: raises 150 to 200
Bruckner_7th: calls 150
Bruckner_7th: discards 1 card
heffmike: discards 2 cards [2d Ts]
Dealt to heffmike [Ah Ad Qs] [Qh 3h]
heffmike: bets 250
Bruckner_7th: raises 400 to 650
heffmike said, "guess I have to fold aces up. oh well,"
Uncalled bet (400) returned to Bruckner_7th
Bruckner_7th collected 975 from pot
Bruckner_7th: doesn't show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 975 | Rake 0
Seat 1: aun2112 folded before the Draw (didn't bet)
Seat 2: heffmike (button) folded after the Draw
Seat 4: PottyTrainMe (small blind) folded before the Draw
Seat 5: OddsmanJTo (big blind) folded before the Draw
Seat 6: Bruckner_7th collected (975)
Anyway, I raise/folded one time to the big stack when he repopped from the blinds, so when he did it the next orbit I got it in for 12BB with AAxxx and a four flush and ran smack into a pat King-high flush. 28/37, gg me.
Obviously I have a lot to learn about this game. Like only play it a couple of times a year.
It should be obvious from the above I have no freaking clue how to play this game and would get destroyed by anyone who actually likes 5CD.
Seven more events this year - at least I like all the formats left.